Old Soar Manor is a small but complete portion of a stone manor house built in about 1290. Lying in a remote part of the Kent countryside, on the edge of the North Downs, this rare survival of 13th century domestic architecture gives an illuminating insight into the life of a rich medieval household. The manor originally belonged to the Culpeppers, a leading Kentish family, and their private quarters survive, including the solar, latrine and chapel that were once an integral part of this family home.
Read more about Old Soar Manor’s history.
Before You Go
Opening Times: Open 10am-6pm, Saturday to Thursday, from April until October. The site is closed from October until April. View details.
Parking: There is limited roadside parking available. Please pay courtesy to residents and other drivers.
Dogs: Assistance dogs only.
Plan a Great Day Out
Step further back in time with a visit to Lullingstone Roman Villa. Vivid displays and interpretation give you a unique insight into Roman domestic life over three centuries.
See nearby Rochester Castle which, garrisoned by rebel barons in 1215, endured an epic siege by King John. Rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I, the castle remained a viable fortress until the 15th century.
Or continue the theme of domestic life at The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House. The ground floor rooms have been recreated as they would have appeared when Charles Darwin lived here with his wife, Emma, and their many children. Stop off at the tearoom before exploring the grounds and wooded Sandwalk.